Immigrant Peddler arrives in America with 18 cents in his pocket and dines with Presidents: A Peddlers Journey

May 04 20:36 2020
Immigrant Peddler arrives in America with 18 cents in his pocket and dines with Presidents: A Peddlers Journey
The subject of Jeffrey Slater’s debut biography showcases the colorful life of Immigrant Jewish Peddler Harry Jacobs.

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia – 4th May, 2020 – Many family stories have been lost in the sands of time, so it’s unusual to discover a “lost” manuscript. In 1990 Jeffrey Slater received a parcel from a distant Canadian relative who had found a manuscript written by Jeffrey’s Great Grandfather, Harry Jacobs. The manuscript sat unread until three years ago. What he discovered was an intriguing journey of a man’s determination and misadventures throughout his life. Jeffrey learned of his Great Grandfather’s love for his wife, his devotion to family, and the many friends he made along the way.

A Peddler’s Journey is a fascinating biography that chronicles a Lithuanian immigrant’s life journey facing enormous odds and struggles. It is an inspirational memoir authored by Jeffrey Slater, who shares his Great Grandfather’s inspiring story of perseverance and determination.

Harry’s story takes us from the life of his Great Grandfather, tailor to the local Baron, and on to the rollercoaster of events that lead Harry to flee the “Old Country” to America. With only eighteen cents in his pocket, Harry confronts his faith, family business conflicts, and his tie to old-world traditions. Seduced by tales of Gold, he decides to move West, taking his young family to the pioneer town of Pocatello, Idaho, to live among Native Americans, prostitutes, and gamblers. A Peddler’s Journey shares long lost tales, and the characters Harry met along the way. A truly fascinating story of dreamers of the time.

“Once I read this amazing story, I knew I had to craft it into a biographical novel with the initial intention only to share the story with my family. However, as the book began to evolve, I realized that Harry’s journey needed to be published. Harry’s story of a 15-year-old Jewish immigrant from Lithuania who struggled to learn English, survive in 1890’s New York, and persevere in an unforgiving strange new world is everyone’s Grandfathers’ story, lost in the ages,” said Jeffery Slater. “Every once in a while, a book comes out to inspire you and let you know that anything is possible; A Peddler’s Journey is one of those books,” he added.

The tapestry of Harry Jacobs’ story is woven in A Peddler’s Journey. Harry shares his success and failures throughout his life, and each time he found himself struggling, he always went back to what he knew best, Peddling his wares.

A Peddler’s Journey is published by XLIBRIS Books and is available Worldwide from Amazon and all major online sellers. People interested in A Peddler’s Journey and seeking to find inspiration and motivation in their own lives should visit for more information.

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